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POSTPONED: Rudy’s Flower Truck NOT coming to the CWE Sunday

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JUST RECEIVED WORD THAT RUDY’S FLOWER TRUCK NOT COMING TO CWE SUNDAY. EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
The Maryland Plaza/Koplar Properties team is bringing Rudy’s Flower Truck to the CWE Sunday morning, June 28. This will be the floral truck’s first foray into the city since the stay-at-home order was issued at the end of March. The mobile bouquet bar will be filled with a wide selection of fresh flowers at reasonable prices.
Proprietor Brittany Sarhage learned about the floral truck concept via an internet ad and realized this was the business she had been looking for. She purchased a 1958 Jeep Truck on eBay. She named it Rudy, filled it with buckets of flowers and went on the road in March 2018.  A June 2018 article in the Ladue News reported that, despite the fact that Sarhage had no previous floral experience, with her creativity and eye for color she has become successful and is sought after for pop-up events in The Grove, at Anthropologie, and now on Maryland Plaza.
Rudy’s Flower Truck will set up shop on York at Maryland Plaza next to The Cup from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.  After you choose your flowers, stop in for coffee and cupcakes while you wait for your bouquet to be assembled. Sounds like a lovely way to ease back into something resembling normal.
Rudy’s Flower Truck on York at Maryland Plaza, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 28.
P.S. – Please wear masks when you visit.

Movies on the Plaza celebrates 10th Anniversary

Frances Thompson, Koplar Properties’ Vice President of Marketing, has just released the line-up for 2019’s Movies on the Plaza. Over the years, these screenings have been one of the highlights of the summer season, and this year’s selections—some of 2018’s box-office favorites—are sure to grab your attention.

An enormous thank you to the Koplar family, who for the past 9 years has gifted the community with free movies (and popcorn) alongside the fountain on Maryland Plaza. When the sun goes down, and the lights come up on the big screen, it’s magical.

Save the dates.

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An early morning visit to Steel Wheels

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Early Thursday morning I walked over to check out the new Steel Wheels Indoor Cycling, which Bob Koplar of Koplar Properties just opened at 229 N. Euclid between Maryland Ave. and Lindell Blvd.

For some reason I have never really taken to indoor cycling, but that changed yesterday after 45 minutes biking through the streets of London accompanied by music and occasional videos from the Beatles.

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Steel Wheels is a hi-tech operation. Signing up for a class, and then choosing which of 40 bikes you want to ride, is done online in advance (though if you arrive early enough, it’s possible to sign-up on the spot for a class, depending on availability of bikes). Early-bird staffers Erica and Nick, above, walked me through the check-in process, which is simply signing in on iPad screens in the sleek, handsome lobby.

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Extensive renovation of the 4500 s.f. space, formerly occupied by Regency Stamps, included the creation of an amphitheater that slopes to a giant HD projection screen. Each day of the week the classes will take you to different parts of the world mixed with music videos to keep the experience both interesting and fun. View the schedule here for more information.

The bikes, equipped with monitors to record how you’re doing, require special shoes, which are provided. “Look Delta” and “SPD” cleats are two brands that are compatible with the pedals on Steel Wheel’s bikes.

 

Monitors display the names of each rider so you can see how you’re doing compared to the other riders. When I saw my name on the screen, I immediately asked if it could be removed. I was there for the fun, not to compete. Nick, right, is shown helping Stephanie, the instructor, take my info off the monitor.

It’s important to note that Steel Wheels welcomes all riders, from racers to novices. “Intensity is up to the individual rider…if you want to coast, coast away. If you want to compete, ride to win.” I was definitely in the “coast” category, and happily kept up with the ride at my own pace. After the class, you’ll get an email listing your stats, including how far you rode (8 miles!), the pace, etc.

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Everything about the design of Steel Wheels is well considered, starting with the choice of colors. The locker room area has complementary fruit waters, fresh fruit, and a water bottle refill station. There are changing rooms,  3 bathrooms, one with a shower, and glass jars filled with complementary hair clips and ear plugs, in case you want to ride in silence. This is also where you change into your biking shoes and pick up a towel for the ride.

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Bob Koplar’s wife, fashion designer Emily Brady Koplar, designed all of the Steel Wheels apparel displayed above, which is color-coordinated with the shop’s interior. Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Shop News  Steel Wheels St. Louis MO Koplar Properties Emily Brady Koplar Central West End Bob Koplar

The flyer shows different membership levels at Steel Wheels. The Intro Ride of $12 is not clear in the photo, but it’s a great way to check it out. There is also a Founder’s Membership limited-time special of $99 per month, which includes unlimited rides and other perks, shown above. Parking is available in the Argyle Garage (Schlafly Branch Library). It’s free with membership.

Steel Wheels, 229 N. Euclid, (314) 345-1001. For more information, stop in or visit the website.